Oct 29, 2015

South Africa Sets Earth's Hottest October Temperature on Record: 119°F

Vredendal, 8160
South Africa
by
Jeff Masters
,
Weather Underground
Five-minute resolution plot of the temperature at Vredendal, South Africa on October 27, 2015, when the station hit a remarkable 48.4°C (119.1°F)--an all-time record for the planet for the month of October. Image credit: South African Weather Service, with kudos to Gail Linnow
Five-minute resolution plot of the temperature at Vredendal, South Africa on October 27, 2015, when the station hit a remarkable 48.4°C (119.1°F)--an all-time record for the planet for the month of October. Image credit: South African Weather Service, with kudos to Gail Linnow

Earth's hottest temperature ever recorded in the month of October occurred on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in South Africa, when Vredendal hit a remarkable 48.4°C (119.1°F)...The new global October heat record was made possible by a "Berg wind"--a hot dry wind blowing down the Great Escarpment from the high central plateau to the coast...These sorts of foehn winds are commonly responsible for all-time record temperatures; mainland Antarctica's all-time record high of 17.5°C (63.5°F), set on March 24, 2015, was due, in part, to a foehn wind.